Grevy’s Zebra

Our Grevy's Zebra, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Grevy's Zebra (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Grevy's Zebra Facts
Grevy’s Zebra
Equus grevyi

Type
Mammal
Life Span
22-30 years
Size
4.4 feet at shoulder
Average Weight
770-990 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Foal

Our Grevy's Zebra, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Grevy’s zebra are the largest of zebras. They can be distinguished by their narrow stripes and large rounded ears.
  • Every zebra has its own unique set of stripes. Stripes help confuse predators by making it difficult to pick out an individual.
  • Zebras are born with brown stripes which darken to black after they are weaned. Within an hour of birth, a zebra foal can stand up and even run.
  • A zebra’s stripes coincide with layers of fat under their skin. The fat under the black stripes are about 18° warmer than the fat under the white. This helps to control the zebra’s body temperature.
  • One way Grevy’s zebra differ from other zebras is their social structure is not stable. Their herds are not permanent and members frequently change. The only strong bonds are between mares and their foals.

Did You Know?

These zebra make a braying noise very similar to that of a donkey. Grevy’s zebra also communicate through body language. For example, if a zebra’s ears are flattened it is a sign of aggression.